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Kevin Pike secures double victory with specimen starry smoothounds

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 10, 2013

WINNING TEAM: Ilfracombe Match Group defeated Bude Pirates.

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Wayne Thomas

KEVIN PIKE caught a fine brace of specimen starry smoothound to take the top spots in two roving matches.

His catches of 16lb 11¼oz and 14lb 12oz secured first and second place in both the Bideford Angling Club and Appledore Shipbuilders monthly fixtures.

Dave Langbridge was third in the Appledore match with a fine ballan wrasse scaling 4lb 7oz.

Andy Clements took third in Bideford's match with a thornback ray of 9lb 7¼oz and Nathan Clements was fourth with a plaice of 1lb 7¾oz.

Cameron Atkinson was the winner in both junior sections with a fine wrasse of 5lb 2¾oz.

Dave Brooke won Combe Martin Sea Angling Club's fish of the month competition with a superb bass of 14lb. Club-mate Graham Snow is enjoying a successful period and landed a fine bass of 10lb 2½oz to take second place and a fine small-eyed ray of 11lb 3oz for third.

Graham then targeted flounder from an estuary mark where a hard-fighting bass of 7lb grabbed his ragworm offering. His guiding skills resulted in Dwayne Ralph catching a specimen flounder of 2lb.

Grey mullet can provide exciting sport during autumn when they feed hard in the run-up to winter. Combe Martin member Adrian Gove is a dedicated mullet enthusiast and landed a fine specimen of 5lb 4½oz during his latest session.

Local beaches have been providing some fine small-eyed ray sport with good numbers being landed by local anglers.

Dan Miles, of Barnstaple Triple Hook Club, landed a small-eyed ray of more than 7lb.

Most of the rays caught weigh under 5lb but there is always the chance of a bigger specimen or even a big bass, tope or conger.

There are reports of numerous cod caught from boats off Minehead, which is an encouraging sign.

Ilfracombe won round two of their annual match with Bude Pirates, taking the trophy with 281 points to Bude's 224.

The venue was Bude Canal where Ilfracombe's Peter Slade was the top individual with a net of 17lb.

Bude's Dick Turner and Nathan Underwood were second and third with 10lb and 8lb respectively.

Dave Sillox fished Slade Reservoir and was delighted to land a fine personal best carp of 16lb. He returned the following day to beat this with a common carp of 20lb.

The fish were tempted using traditional carp bait luncheon meat. Many carp anglers use nothing but boilies, forgetting there are alternatives the carp may not have seen for some time.

Furzebray Carp Lakes continue to fish well with Jez Stephenson landing some fine carp, including two twenties, a 19lb fish and one of the lakes well known fish Orange Spot at 27lb 8oz. Barry Bellamy also landed a fine mirror of 26lb.

The venue's future is bright with six known thirties and several other fish pushing this barrier.

The pike fishing season is under way with the first double-figure catch from Simpson Valley weighing 13lb 4oz. Slade Reservoir is worth a try with pike to more than 20lb present.

Those targeting these fish must ensure they use a wire trace and have all relevant unhooking equipment, a large landing net and unhooking mat.

Perch are also providing good sport at Simpson Valley with fish to more than 2lb taking float-fished prawn and lobworm.

Saturday night will see Torridge Fishery members gather at the Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash, for their annual dinner, which falls on the last weekend of an extended salmon season.

Keith Knight headed September's catches with a fine late-season salmon of 16lb from a mid-river beat of the Torridge.

Diary dates

Saturday and Sunday: Rod 'n' Reelers Monthly Rover.

Sunday: Triple Hook Club South West Water Flounder Open, fishing 8am-1pm, weigh in Royal British Legion 1.45pm.

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